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Van Hollen picks up endorsements from Baltimore County Democrats

Van Hollen picks up more endorsements for Senate in Baltimore County.

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen on Monday picked up endorsements from four Baltimore County officials in his bid to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

County Council members Vicki Almond, Cathy Bevins, Julian Jones and Tom Quirk — all Democrats— offered their support to Van Hollen during an event in Towson.

Van Hollen is competing with Rep. Donna F. Edwards for the Democratic nomination in the race to replace Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, who is retiring. Van Hollen is from Montgomery County and Edwards hails from Prince George's County.

"I think he's not only a leader for the state, I think he's a leader nationally," Quirk said of Van Hollen. Almond praised Van Hollen's work on education issues, while Bevins said she thinks he is the best choice to help bring more jobs to the region.

Van Hollen also touted the importance of jobs in the Baltimore region . He noted that federal agencies have a strong presence in the area, including the Social Security Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Several Republicans are also running for the seat, including Del. Kathy Szeliga of Baltimore County, who is the House of Delegates minority whip; Richard Douglas, a former Pentagon official who ran for the GOP Senate nomination in 2012; and Chrys Kefalas, who is on leave from the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington to pursue his campaign.

The primary is April 26.

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